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Why Not Add a Dash of Vanilla?

Mar 18, 2022

Why Not Add a Dash of Vanilla?


 You’re standing in line to order your coffee, you're slowly getting up to the front of the line, it’s finally your turn, and you still have no idea what you’re going to order…the barista asks the fateful question, “what can I get started for you today?”  You still haven't decided, so you answer, “A vanilla latte, please”. A wave of relief comes over you as you know you've chosen a coffee classic that won't disappoint you.  

We’ve all been there at one time or another, not knowing what to order or just can’t make up our minds. Vanilla has been a staple for coffee drinkers for a long time. And why shouldn’t it? It’s simple, delicious, and has just a touch of sweetness without you losing the flavor of what your coffee is supposed to taste like. So what if you could make that incredible flavor at home with your favorite coffee blend instead of going and spending $6 on one cup, would you do it?

We’ve already crafted the recipe, so all you have to do is follow these step-by-step instructions to elevate your at-home coffee game.


You will only need four ingredients for this recipe. Make sure you have water, sugar, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean on hand to make the syrup. Vanilla bean is usually found in the baking or spices section of your local grocery store, so don’t get intimidated by that part. Now let’s get to the recipe.




Vanilla Syrup



1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

1 vanilla bean



1) Take one vanilla bean pod and cut it down the middle with a sharp knife. Once the larger pod is opened you are going to scoop out the little pods inside and place them to the side.

2) Add one cup of water and one cup of sugar into a medium-sized saucepan. Cook this at medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Don’t forget to stir occasionally so you don’t burn the liquid.

3) Add the vanilla bean pods to the sugar water mixture and mix them together.

4) Once everything is dissolved, immediately turn off the heat and cover the saucepan to allow all of the flavor of the vanilla pods to seep in. You will want to leave everything together to steep until the mixture has completely cooled down in the saucepan.

5) Find a glass jar that you can securely close for storage.

6) Once fully cooled, strain the vanilla pods out of the syrup and into the glass container.


Four ingredients and six steps, that’s it! It’s an easy recipe to make and a great syrup to add to your cup of coffee. Now you have your syrup, so what do you do with it? Here are three drink ideas that you can add your homemade vanilla syrup to and elevate your morning, or afternoon, coffee experience.


First, for all of you hot coffee drinkers, the only thing that you’re really going to need to do is just add a little bit of vanilla syrup to your black coffee for subtle sweetness, and that's it. 

If you normally take your coffee with cream, go ahead and put a little bit of that on top as this syrup is very versatile. The best Real Good Coffee to pair this with is our donut shop blend that you find in our store. You won’t be disappointed.


Iced coffee drinkers, this is for you! Grab some of the brand-new organic cold brew that we just launched and get ready to make the perfect vanilla cream cold brew. Grab a tall glass and pour ice to the top, pour in the desired amount of syrup over your ice, and then top with our perfectly curated cold brew blend. Lastly, pour a dash of heavy cream on top and you have the perfect summer drink.


If you love iced coffee and enjoy out-of-the-box drinks then you have to try a citrus cold brew. Still using our Organic Cold Brew, here is what you are going to need. Cold-brew, ice, lemon juice, handmade vanilla syrup. I know what you're thinking, lemon juice? Why? But the lemon mixed with the vanilla, it just works. So grab a tall glass and fill it to the top with ice. Pour in ½ ounce of lemon juice, ½ ounce of vanilla syrup, and then fill to the top with cold brew. This unique citrus cold brew will surprise you and have you coming back for more.


For our friends who were sugar-free this recipe is super easy to alter so that you can enjoy it as well. Simply swap out the sugar for your favorite sugar substitute and continue with the recipe as normal. We recommend using stevia as it has dissolved the same as regular sugar.


Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup


1 cup of water

1 cup of Stevia or other sugar substitutes

1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

1 vanilla bean


Follow the same steps listed above for the Vanilla Syrup Recipe.


The best Real Good Coffee options to pair with this syrup are our Organic Cold Brew and Donut Shop coffee. But, no matter what your coffee preferences may be, there are so many different things you can create with this homemade vanilla syrup. So drink up and get caffeinated!